14 days AROUND POLAND


1st day Warsaw
Meeting the guide at the airport. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
2nd day Warsaw
Breakfast. City tour of Warsaw. Visit to Old Town, Ghetto, Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Park, Royal Castle. Dinner. Overnight.
WarszawaWarsaw Old Town was established in the XIII th. century. It impresses tourists with its quaint, cobbled streets and unique old architecture. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Square with its unique traditional Polish restaurants, cafes and shops. When the weather is warm the square becomes filled with cafe tables, various traders and street artists )The Royal Castle is a maginificent example of baroque style – it was built in the XIVth century. In 1569 King Zygmunt III Waza moved his residence to the Royal Castle as Warsaw became the capital of Poland. Between 1598 and 1619 the king had the Royal Castle restyled into a polygon by Italian architects. In XVIIIth. century King Augustus III turned the East Wing into Baroque style while King Stanislaw Poniatowski added the Royal Library. The Royal castle served as both a residence for the kings as well as hosted Sejm sessions

Palace of Culture and Science (competing with Warsaw Mermaid, it is ‚the tallest’ symbol of the capital – 234,5 metres high, also the biggest building of Poland. Both loved and hated)

The Warsaw Ghetto originally contained almost 450,000 people. By January of 1943,it was down to roughly 37,000 people. The rest had already been taken away to slave labor or death camps. Word got out that the Germans were going to finish off the ghetto, clean it out. Those half-starved, disease-weakened ghetto inhabitants decided to fight).

Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw – one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. This romantic, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.

 

3rd day Warsaw – Czestochowa – Cracow
Breakfast. Overnight. Drive to Cracow via Czestochowa – visit to Jasna Góra monastery. Dinner. Overnight in Cracow.Częstochowa Czestochowa is known for the famous Paulite monastery of Jasna Góra that is the home of the Black Madonna painting, a shrine of the Virgin Mary. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it. John Paul II visited Paulite monastery of Jasna Góra many times. 
4th day Cracow – Wieliczka
Breakfast. City tour of Cracow including Wawel Castle. In the afternoon excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Dinner. Overnight.The old city of Cracow (Stare Miasto) has a rich architecture, mostly Renaissance with some examples of Baroque and Gothic. Cracow’s palaces, churches and mansions display a richness of color, architectural details, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, and furnishings. Wawel
Among the most notable of the city’s hundreds of historic buildings are: the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, where King John III Sobieski is buried; the medieval Old Town with its beautiful square; Market Square (200 meters on a side); dozens of old churches and museums; the 14th century buildings of the Jagiellonian University; as well as Kazimierz, the historical centre of Cracow’s Jewish religious and social life.
The Gothic St. Mary’s Church (Kościół Mariacki, actually a basilica) stands by the market place. It was built in the 14th century and boasts a famous wooden altar carved by Wit Stwosz. Every hour, a trumpet call, the hejnał mariacki, is sounded from the church’s main tower.
Wieliczka salt mine Wieliczka is a town near the Kraków metropolitan area. Chapel of Saint Kinga, deep within the Wieliczka salt mine. Located under the town of Wieliczka is one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines.
Many centuries of mining the salt deposit formed the contemporary spatial mining excavation structure. Hidden below the town, situated on 9 levels, reaching 327 m deep Wieliczka’s underground that is nearly 300 km of galleries and 3000 chambers. 3,5 km route 64-135 m below ground level is available for tourists.
Magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes, original tools and equipment, traces of mining works give the comprehension about people’s fight against the elements, their work, passion and beliefs.
5th day Cracow – Zakopane
Breakfast. Morning departure for Zakopane. Full day trip to Zakopane, including cable ride to Mt. Gubalówka. Dinner with folklore performance.Overnight.Morskie Oko Zakopane is a town in southern Poland It lies in a big glen between the Tatra Mountains and Gubalówka Hill. Zakopane is the most important Polish centre of mountaineering and skiing, and is visited by about two million tourists annually.
Zakopane has the highest elevation of any town in Poland; within its municipal region there exists a variation of 750-1000 m of altitude. The town area includes part of the Polish Tatra Mountains, including its highest peak, Mt. Rysy (2499 m).
6th day Zakopane – Wroclaw
Breakfast. Departure for Wroclaw. Dinner, overnight in Wroclaw.Wrocław is an excellent example of a multicultural metropolis situated at the interface of ethnically diverse areas. For a greater part of the city’s history, German was the dominant language in Wrocław (Wroclaw). However, for several generations the city was home to the Korn publishing house, which printed many books in Polish (250 titles between 1732 and 1790). Here the German playwright Karl Holtei staged a play about the Polish national hero Tadeusz Kościuszko (Tadeus Kosciusko) in 1826. The Czechs have also played an important role in the city’s history (in 1335- 1526 Wrocław (Wroclaw) belonged to the Kingdom of Bohemia). As late as 1719, the great sculptor Johann Georg Urbański (Urbanski) of Bohemia was given the key to the city.
7th day Wroclaw – Rydzyna
Breakfast. In the morning city tour of Wroclaw. Afternoon departure for Rydzyna, dinner with sausage roasting party. Overnight.Rydzyna Rydzyna is a historical town under the protection of the monument conservator owing to its 18th century urban planning and a large number of monumental buildings. Rydzyna is called “the pearl of Polish baroque” and is considered to be the largest attraction in Leszno region. The town was founded at the beginning of the 15th century by Jan from Czernina, a descendant of Wierzbnów and a knight of Władysław Jagiełło. At the end of the 17th century the town and its environs were owned by well-known magnates, the Leszczyński and Sułkowski families.
8th day Rydzyna – Poznan – Torun
Breakfast. Morning city tour of Poznan. Afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight in Torun.Torun is the medieval town, birthplace of the famous Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Depending on the calculation method, the Geographic Center of Europe may be located here. 

Poznań is a city in west-central Poland. Located by the Warta River, it is one of the oldest cities in Poland, making it an important historical center. Poznań’s impressive cathedral is the earliest church in the country, containing the tombs of the first Polish rulers: duke Mieszko I, king Boleslaus the Brave, king Mieszko II, duke Casimir I the Restorer, duke Przemysł I and king Przemysł II.

9th day Torun – Gdynia
Breakfast. Morning sightseeing and lunch, dinner, overnight in Gdynia.Gdynia Gdynia – a city born under a lucky star Once there was a transatlantic liner by the name Batory. It was nicknamed ‚Lucky Ship’ as indeed a lucky ship it was. It was spared both the high winds of the seas and the storms of World War II in which it served in convoys. Its home port was Gdynia – a city born out of dreams and very wisely invented less than 80 years ago; a city born under a lucky star – where luck never fails you and unlike elsewhere the impossible becomes possible. A favourable climate, fresh air, attractive recreation facilities located close to housing estates along with a varied network of sport facilities are all conducive to optimal living conditions and recreation.
10th day Gdynia
Breakfast. City tour of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. Dinner, overnight.Gdańsk Gdańsk – always hospitable, invites visitors to its charming lanes and historic interiors, bathing grounds on the sea and sailing courses, comfortable hotels, elegant restaurants, and cosy cafes. Its numerous museums, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, and street theatrical events complete the broad spectrum of the city’s cultural offer.Molo in Sopot All along the 4.5 km Sopot coastline there are clean and sandy beaches along which are scattered water slides, water and beach equipment rental shops, changing booths and showers. They are the venue of numerous sports and recreation events such as volleyball and beach football tournaments, happenings, shows and cross-country races. Beside the beach eateries have been built. Europe’s longest wooden pier (511.5 m) juts out from Sopot beach. It is a place for strolls and festivities, but also the harbour of tourist passenger ships and water taxis and the site of numerous competitions such as the Sailing World Championship, Windsurfing Baltic Cup, Polish Cup and Sopot Triathlon.
Organ concert in Oliwa Cathedral, afternoon free. Dinner.
11th day Gdynia
Breakfast. Excursion to Westerplatte, afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight.Westerplatte Westerplatte is a peninsula in Gdańsk, Poland, at an estuary of the Dead Vistula (one of the Vistula delta estuaries), in the Gdańsk harbour channel. From 1926 – 1939 a Polish Military Transit Depot was located there, on a territory of the Free City of Gdańsk.Battle of Westerplatte
At the end of August 1939 the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein came to Danzig (Gdańsk) under the pretext of a courtesy visit and anchored in the channel, near Westerplatte. On 1 September 1939, at 0445 local time, as Germany began its invasion of Poland, the pre-Dreadnought battleship Schleswig-Holstein started to shell the Polish garrison with its 280mm and 150mm main guns. This was followed by an attack by German naval infantry (marines) who were hoping for an easy victory, but were repelled with Polish small arms and machine gun fire. Another two assaults that day were repelled as well, and the Germans suffered losses. The only Polish 75mm gun was destroyed after firing 28 shells at German positions across the channel. Over the coming days, the Germans repeatedly bombarded Westerplatte with naval and heavy field artillery (including 210 mm howitzers) along with dive-bombing raids by Junkers Ju 87 Stukas. Repeated attacks by German marines, SS Heimwehr Danzig (Danzig homeland protection) and combat engineers were all repelled by the Poles. Finally, the Westerplatte garrison, who were now exhausted – with many severely wounded – as well as being short of food, water, ammunition and medical supplies, surrendered on 7 September. )
12th day Gdynia – Malbork – Warsaw
On route to Warsaw stop in Malbork, to see the Teutonic Knights castle. Dinner, overnight.Malbork Malbork for nearly 150 years it was the headquarters of the Grand Master and the highest Teutonic authorities, the capital of the Independent Monastic State. The greatest brick fortress in Europe of the Middle Ages. A city at the intersection of European commercial routes. A residence of kings of Poland and German emperors. The biggest armoury of the Republic of Poland. The most interesting example of the 19th and 20th century conservator thought applied in reconstruction of the medieval castle.
Lunch, overnight.
13th day Warsaw
Visit to Wilanów Palace. Dinner, overnight.
Wilanów
It is home to the historic Wilanów Palace, the „Polish Versailles”, and a second home to many Polish kings. The palace, surrounding park and other premises have survived bad fortunes of wars and foreign occupation of Poland. They remained intact and retained their genuine historical and artistic merits to become one of the most cherished parts of the Polish cultural heritage). Time at leisure. Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Old Town. Overnight.
14th day Warsaw
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
a. accommodation: 4-star and 3-star hotels
b. halfboard
c. all transfers, sightseeings and visits according to the programme
d. coach transport
e. English-speaking guide’s assistance throughout the tours
f. any other services are offered on request